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Pace will run again; Others jump into election at deadline

Sheriff Martin Pace will seek another term in leading the Warren County Sheriff’s Office. Pace filed his qualifying papers Wednesday with the Warren County Circuit Clerk’s office to run as an Independent for the position he has held since 1996.

Friday was the qualifying deadline for candidates seeking to run in the August Primary Election.

Pace became a Warren County Sheriff’s Deputy in 1981, rising through the ranks to become an investigator. He was appointed sheriff by the Warren County Board of Supervisors in January 1996 to fill an unexpired term before winning a special election.

Pace will have a challenger after Joseph Stubbs filed qualifying papers as an Independent in the August Primary Election.

Leon Kennedy Jr., who ran unsuccessfully for Warren County Sheriff in 2015, filed his qualifying papers last week.

Meanwhile, the District 5 supervisors’ race added two more candidates who filed qualifying paperwork this week. Hunter Vinzant filed as an Independent candidate to face longtime incumbent Richard George, who is also an Independent.

Kelle Banks Barfield, the owner of Lorelei Books, filed her paperwork to run as a Republican in the District 5 supervisors’ race.

Dr. Jeff Holland filed as an Independent in the District 4 supervisor’s race, which is currently held by incumbent John Carlisle.

Bill Jeffers filed his paperwork Friday seeking to run as a Republican in the District 1 supervisors’ race, a seat currently held by incumbent John Arnold.

Will Halpin filed as an Independent for the District 2 supervisor seat currently held by Democrat William Banks.

Another Independent candidate, David Sharp, filed paperwork seeking the District 3 seat currently held by Charles Selmon.

There are no August primary challengers for tax collector, tax assessor, circuit clerk, chancery clerk, coroner, constable or justice court judge positions.

Warren County Election Commission Chairman and District 4 Election Commissioner Sara Carlson Dionne said candidates will be notified they have qualified after the commission meets Monday at 10 a.m.

Other challengers who have filed their paperwork with the Warren County Circuit Clerk’s office to run in the August Primary Election include:

Edward Herring, Republican challenger for District 1 Supervisor

Stan Collins, Independent challenger for District 2 Supervisor

Shawn Jackson, Democrat challenger for District 3 Supervisor

James “Jim” Stirgus Jr., Democrat challenger for District 3 Supervisor

Marty Crevitt, Republican challenger for District 4 Supervisor

Carl Campbell, Independent challenger for District 5 Supervisor

Marvin Joe Wooley, Independent challenger for District 5 Supervisor

Ken Harper, Democrat challenger for County Prosecutor

Stephen Lee McMillin, Republican challenger for County Prosecutor

Other incumbents who have filed their paperwork with the Warren County Circuit Clerk’s office to run in the August Primary Election include:

District 1 Supervisor John Arnold, Independent

District 2 Supervisor William Banks, Democrat

District 3 Supervisor Charles Selmon, Democrat

District 4 Supervisor John Carlisle, Republican

District 5 Supervisor Richard George, Independent

County Prosecutor Ricky Johnson, Independent

Northern District Constable Glenn McKay

Central District Constable Troy Kimble

Southern District Constable John Heggins

Northern District Justice Court Judge Eddie Woods

Central District Justice Court Judge James Jefferson

Southern District Justice Court Judge Jeff Crevitt

Coroner Doug Huskey

Tax Collector Antonia Flaggs-Jones

Tax Assessor Ben Luckett

Circuit Clerk Jan Hyland Daigre

Chancery Clerk Donna Farris Hardy

Primary elections will be held Aug. 6, with a runoff set for Aug. 27, if necessary. The general election will be held Nov. 5 and the possible runoff Nov. 26.